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Old 10-02-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
Kristopher Green
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Can a franchise gym affiliate?

I'm wondering if a gym that is a franchise, affiliate and or have an affiliate (different owner?) in the same building. Example: can gold's gym affiliate as say "gold's crossfit" and conduct its class in the same building?
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:06 AM   #2
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Re: Can a franchise gym affiliate?

I'm pretty this has happened in the past, but not so sure if HQ still allows it.
I know it did in the Sacramento area.
And of course, the affiliate is given to the person with the L1 who applies for it, not the corporate entity/franchise gym.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Re: Can a franchise gym affiliate?

My understanding is this:

Every affiliate is owned by 1 individual, and an individual can only own 1 affiliate.

Let's take an example of a married couple, Joe and Mary. They open a gym and put Joe's name under the affiliation. Although Joe and Mary both work, run, and "own" the gym, the gym is legally affiliated with Joe. If they are super successful and maybe want to expand their little empire, I'm pretty sure it's completely acceptable for Joe and Mary to open a second location, and affiliate under Mary's name. Although they both work at both locations, each affiliate is associated with 1 individual, and each individual is only associated with 1 affiliate.

The next example, I'm not actually sure about:

Let's say the bigwigs of Gold's Gym want to get crossfit going in each one of their franchises. They mandate down to every Gold's owner that they must get their Lvl 1 cert, apply for affiliation, and start offering crossfit in their Gold's facility. Now, each Gold's facility has an affiliate "owned" by a separate individual. With some fancy accounting I'm sure money made from the affiliates in the Gold's gym could end up in the franchises' pockets.

Is this acceptable by HQ? It seems like a really shady way of franchising, but I don't know if it breaks any rules. I don't like the idea of franchising, but I also don't like the idea that being associated with an outside business (Gold's Gym in this example) precludes you from opening an affiliate.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #4
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Re: Can a franchise gym affiliate?

Well, I'm not sure if i understood it right.

In my hometown, cologne in germany, we have a affiliated box wich is actually inside a "regular" fitness location.....

So I was always wondering if this can be affiliated....

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Old 10-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Re: Can a franchise gym affiliate?

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Well, I'm not sure if i understood it right.

In my hometown, cologne in germany, we have a affiliated box wich is actually inside a "regular" fitness location.....

So I was always wondering if this can be affiliated....

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Yes if they followed the rules it is allowed. Easy to check crossfit.com to see if they are a registered affiliate.

There are 4 official Affiliate gyms in your town:

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